COMMENCEMENT CEREMONIES

Summer Commencement

In late April when we announced in-person graduation ceremonies for August 7-8, Georgia seemed to be cresting the wave of the coronavirus. With hospitals at capacity for caring for acutely ill patients, and with predictions that the virus rates would be very low by the first of August, few of us imagined that the wave would continue for three more months. But now we are facing record numbers of cases, and hospitals are filling up once again. For that reason, we have cancelled plans for in-person graduation ceremonies on August 7-8.

We have taken this action out of an abundance of caution, considering the safety of our graduates, their friends and family, and the safety of our faculty and staff who will greet new students the following week.

  • Saturday, August 8, at 10am. President Fowler, Provost Blake, and MBA/M.Ed. program directors will hold an interactive virtual commencement ceremony for graduate students via Zoom. Program faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Additional information will follow.
  • Saturday, August 8, at 1pm. President Fowler and Provost Blake will hold a virtual commencement ceremony for undergraduate August completers, including students from Wesleyan College of Guangzhou University. The ceremony will be broadcast on Wesleyan’s YouTube Channel and will also be available afterwards at https://www.youtube.com/user/WesleyanCollegeGA.  

 

 

Spring Commencement Traditions

 

The Marker Ceremony

Wesleyan College’s tradition of the Marker Ceremony began in 1986 during the celebration of the College’s sesquicentennial anniversary. On the evening before Commencement every year since, graduating seniors and faculty process in regalia from the Old Wesleyan campus site on College Street to Mulberry Street United Methodist Church for Baccalaureate Ceremonies. The route followed today is the same that students took when walking to church services from the downtown campus. Old Wesleyan site, U.S. Post Office at 451 College Street.

Students stand in front of marker at ceremony

 

Baccalaurete service

The Baccalaureate Service

Baccalaureate is an occasion of prayer, song, and celebration held each year on the eve of Commencement. Originating at Oxford University, England, during the 15th century, Baccalaureate is a cherished part of Wesleyan’s Commencement exercises.

Mulberry Street United Methodist Church first hosted Wesleyan’s Commencement exercises in 1852 and we are deeply grateful for this historic relationship. Located in downtown Macon at the corner of First and Mulberry Streets. Family and friends of the graduating class are invited to both the Baccalaureate Service and Marker Ceremony. Graduates and faculty please wear regalia for both events. Mulberry Street United Methodist Church, 719 Mulberry Street.

 

What is a hooder?

A Hooder is someone who places an academic hood over the graduate’s head during Commencement exercises. An academic hood is a garment that is worn around your neck and drapes over your shoulders and down your back. Wesleyan’s academic hood for bachelor students has a purple lining and purple edge.

Each graduate needs a Hooder to bestow the honor of the graduation hood, someone who will attend both Commencement rehearsal and the Commencement Ceremony. For most graduates, the Hooder is someone who has held an essential supportive role in the graduate's educational journey. Contact Theresa Abercrombie if you need or prefer to have a volunteer Hooder assigned.

Hooders must be at least 16 years of age and wear a white dress, white dress shirt, or blouse with white or black pants or skirt.

 

First College in the World Chartered to grant degrees to women.

Diploma from 1840

Catherine Brewer Benson

In 1840, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer Benson became the first woman to receive her degree from the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. 

Catherine Elizabeth Brewer Benson 1840 In the 1839 Georgia Female College catalog, twenty young women are listed in the Junior Class. Of this number, eleven graduated on the night of July 16, 1840, and were pioneers in education for women. By virtue of being alphabetically the first in line, Catherine Elizabeth Brewer was the first woman to receive her degree from the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. READ MORE

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